“Columbia Matters” Wins Two Telly Awards

Columbia Association’s (CA) monthly television show, “Columbia Matters,” has won two awards for episodes that aired in 2011, adding to an already sizable total for CA’s much-honored series.

“Columbia Matters” earned the bronze awards in the 33rd Annual Telly Awards, which recognize “the finest film and video productions, groundbreaking web commercials, videos and films, and outstanding local, regional, and cable TV commercials and programs,” according to the awards website.

The awards were for the May 2011 episode in the “Information” category and the September 2011 episode in the “Entertainment” category. This year’s competition saw more than 12,000 entries come in from all 50 states and from five continents, according to the awards website.

The show has now won a total of 15 bronze awards and one silver award, which is the competition’s highest prize.

“It’s a team effort,” said Mary Weeks, who has been the show’s producer for all but one of the awards. “It’s great for CA to be recognized for this show that we produce for the community. I just love being able to show residents what it’s like to live in Columbia and to be able to show them all the wonderful things that Columbia Association has to offer.”

“Columbia Matters” premiered in January 2004. It includes several segments spotlighting different elements of Columbia and reaching different age groups. The show airs several times a week on public-access television and can be found online anytime at YouTube.com/CATVchannel. For more info, visit ColumbiaMatters.org.

A Columbia resident for 40 years, Weeks has been the producer of “Columbia Matters” since April 2007. Dedicated to producing a show with informative, enriching and high-quality content for Columbia and Howard County residents, Weeks loves writing and seeing her visions come to life. She holds an A.A. degree in TV Production and Multimedia Design from Howard Community College, and she earned a Bachelor’s degree in Film, Video and Theatre from Villa Julie College. She also earned her Master’s degree in Communication Arts at NYIT in Manhattan.

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